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Flyfishing with ADD ADHD, and LIfe As She Is — ADD Tip O the Day 632

Is fly fishing a metaphor for life with ADD ADHD? I don’t think fly fishing is as hard as they say, but with ADD ADHD it sure can be harder. When you are fly fishing, there are many things that … Continue reading

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“As Soon As —” – An ADD ADHD Time Problem — ADD Tip O the Day 612

“As Soon As—“ There are several things I want to do, “as soon as – — -”                          I want to start Spanish lessons again.                          I want to resume fishing.                          I want to cleanup the disarray in my … Continue reading

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Helpful Things for ADD ADHD – Meditation Light??? – – – ADD Tip O the Day 611

Three Helpful Things for ADD ADHD Everyone agrees that certain things are helpful for anyone but especially helpful for those of us with ADD ADHD: Exercise Sleep Meditation And I would add, getting out-of-doors. Meditation I’ve been practicing a simple … Continue reading

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Learning From Experience with ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 610

We learn from experience One  of the basic tricks to that learning is to remember the specific experiences.  And make rules from them. If we remember the experience, its easier to remember the rule and to follow it. Losing the car I … Continue reading

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The Rule for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 609

The ADD ADHD Problem I keep losing my car in parking lots. (Some of you might note that this problem is not limited to ADD ADHD) The Strategy  When I park the car, say OUT LOUD where it is -“3rd … Continue reading

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Here’s The Poop On Food, Diet, Dyes and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 607

How Many Helped?  How much help? There’s nothing wrong with a good healthy diet. I’m skeptical that it makes much difference for very many people with ADD ADHD. Research shows that the food dyes do make a small difference for … Continue reading

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Committing With ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 604

To Commit No, I don’t mean to get someone locked up, unless its myself.  I do try to lock myself into things, where I can’t not do them.  If I walked to the end of the scary high dive, I … Continue reading

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A Little of Everything —Tip o the Day 555

Mottoes One of my favorite mottoes  is, “If I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.” My wife’s favorite motto is, “I cannot stand clutter!” Can you see where this is heading? Of course I have other mottoes, “Do it now, … Continue reading

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Cognitive Maps in ADD ADHD – – – ADD Tip O the Day 551

Cognitive maps From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light  … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wash Wine Glasses – – – ADD Tip O the Day 550

Identify the problem Every time I put wine glasses in the dishwasher, no matter how I do it, they break. That’s just part of my ADD ADHD. Make a strategy I do not put wine glasses in the dishwasher anymore. … Continue reading

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No Time to Think, Too Busy, Frantic, Overloaded — ADD Tip o the Day 542

The New York Times The New York Times took some time off from bashing ADD, ADHD, Ritalin and the other medications to print this article, which explains a lot. Avoiding We make ourselves busy so we can avoid feelings or … Continue reading

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Studying and Decluttering— ADD Tip o the day 535

Time for school School is starting. Michael is not thrilled. But to get off to a good start, this is a good time to review strategies and issues. And it’s important to know how to study. I didn’t discover how … Continue reading

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I didn’t listen to the little voice! — ADD Tip o the Day 534

I didn’t listen I’m  only on draft number three in writing the new book, which includes some on  adult ADD ADHD . In Word, I cut a very large segment from one document to paste into another doc.      Before I got … Continue reading

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My Worst ADD ADHD Problem – – – ADD o the day 525

So many ADD ADHD symptoms: Distractibility, procrastination, impulsivity, blurting out, not finishing, not starting, not understanding time, not managing time, sloppy, uncoordinated, losing things –                   and what else? My worst problem: It’s hard … Continue reading

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Don’t Need Structure — ADD Tip o the Day 519

Escape from structure Camil and others write about being free of structure, “Relief from all this silly rules.” And “Just let my mind fly anywhere it wants to.” That sounds wonderful to me, and now that I’m retired, seems like … Continue reading

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“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” – A New ADD ADHD Strategy — ADD Tip o the Day 504

What could go wrong? “I know, let’s invade Iraq and capture all those weapons of mass destruction. We have the best army in the world. What could go wrong?” “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard. I … Continue reading

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Strategies For Using Strategies for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 454

Are you using strategies for your ADD ADHD problems? Strategies are the key to living better with ADD ADHD, though medication (ritalin, adderall, antidepressant) can be very helpful. For one thing, it can help us focus enough so that we … Continue reading

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Requests for your help — for ADD Tip o the Day in 2014

I am asking for your input- What new topics would you like addressed here?   Any you like addressed again? Any changes you would recommend? Remember that I love your comments, Thank You! and that you can share with the … Continue reading

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The Small Tasks — ADD Tip o the Day 389

With ADD or ADHD, we are victims of distractions, and things don’t get finished. Here’s a simple rule – if you’re doing a small task, don’t let anything interrupt it until you finish.  Make this a rule.  If a distraction … Continue reading

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Sticking With It, Part 2 — ADD Tip o the Day 366

My wife, who knows a lot about ADD or ADHD after all these years, said I misquoted her on the last post.   I thought she had asked, “Is it working?”, meaning the whole thing.  She says she was specifically asking … Continue reading

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I’m Too Disorganized To Organize — ADD Tip of the Day 333

My good friend with ADD or ADHD says she loves the blog posts but doesn’t have the compulsiveness to put them to use, too disorganized to be able to get organized.  She makes notes and lists on yellow stickies but … Continue reading

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Staying on Top — ADD Tip o the Day 322

This doesn’t apply only to ADD or ADHD: A very good teacher is telling me that she’s thinking of leaving teaching.  She loves teaching but the pay is lousy and she hates grading papers.  She does all her grading on … Continue reading

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ADHD or ADD and Weight Problems — ADD Tip o the Day 298

Anahi Ortiz has some good posts on ADD or ADHD and eating/weight problems.    I have a constant struggle with weight.  I use some of the basic concepts: Drink water before and during each meal.  Chew slowly and thoroughly and savor each … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news — ADD Tip o the Day 294

with ADD or ADHD, things happen:  bad news – I can’t believe that I drove off with the gas hose in the tank again!  3rd time.  I thought wouldn’t ever happen again, have a habit of checking before I drive off.  … Continue reading

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Can’t clean my room — ADD Tip o the Day 292

With ADD or ADHD we often just can’t get it done.  Roni laments that she can’t clean her room and about self flogging.     To respond – No, you can’t clean your room.  You cannot do it.  You can’t. But maybe you could clean … Continue reading

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bleeping insurance company and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 283

Those of us with ADD or ADHD are probably fortunate if we have a touch of OCD also; it helps to counterbalance the impulsiveness and the difficulty motivating to start or to finish.  But it has its drawbacks too.  We … Continue reading

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Things I am not good at —- ADD Tip o the Day 278

1. sports – lack coordination, not much I can do about it but am improving a little at balancing on one foot (sposed to help ADD or ADHD???) 2. technology —- got book – i phone, the missing manual–  quite good, … Continue reading

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ADD and reading? — ADD Tip of the day 276

Joke of the day:       a guy with dyslexia walks into a rab…… One of my concerns is that people with ADD (or ADHD)might not read the book, because, well, because they have ADD (or ADHD).  We tend to buy on … Continue reading

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Willpower #4 —- ADD Tip o the day 267

I’m reading a great book, Willpower, by Baumeister.  We start each morning with a pool of psychic energy, which gets depleted during the day each time we resist a temptation or make a decision.  So we become more and more vulnerable … Continue reading

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Psychology of ADD: Defenses — ADD Tip o the day 264

With or without ADD or ADHD, we couldn’t survive without defenses.  But some are more healthy and functional than others.  Healthy – humor, sublimation, altruism, et al.  Unfortunately we tend to some others, like denial and avoidance. denial – I … Continue reading

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Psychology of ADD: Perfectionism — ADD Tip o the day 263

So we with ADD or ADHD tend to a big dose of shame, and often we coped by trying to be perfect.   “I’ll show them; they’ll see I am worth something.”  and “If I do it perfectly, then nobody … Continue reading

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How to change — ADD Tip o the day 252

Change is hard for anyone, not just for people with ADD or ADHD.  First, we have to make up our mind to change; the payoff has to be worth the effort to us (usually someone else wanting us to change is not enough). … Continue reading

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Long e mails —- ADD Tip o the day 239

When I get a long e-mail I have trouble reading it. I usually get one idea or maybe two and then my attention is gone and the rest of it might as well not be there. Maybe I just skim … Continue reading

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Slogans —- ADD Tip o the day 224

We all have self talk, don’t we? It can harm us or be a useful tool. These are some slogans I’ve found useful in self talk: 1. Do it now, do it right, do the hard part first. 2. I … Continue reading

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We’re all different —- ADD Tip of the day 218

“We are all more human than otherwise.”  HS Sullivan, speaking of his work with people with schizophrenia.  True, but we are all unique too, including those of us with ADD or ADHD.  Several people have told me that the book … Continue reading

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Latest on willpower — ADD Tip o the day 205

Another NY Times article just out, agreeing that willpower is limited.  The people who do  best with willpower are those who use it least. They avoid temptation as much as possible.  If you have a problem with food, then put your … Continue reading

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Delegate —- ADD Tip o the day 166

The computer got messed up so I had to buy a new one.  I’m technologically challenged, so I hired a high school student to set it up.  I could have done the first part, but there were lots of complicated issues … Continue reading

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Hurry!! — ADD Tip o the day 136

I sent the book to the publisher and they sent me back a sample chapter so I could check and revise the way they had set it up, the chapter headings etc.  I was very excited.  I was in a hurry … Continue reading

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